Digby ready to run in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO — Dream has turned into reality for A.J. Digby.
After a 10-hour flight, the Otsego graduate is in Rio de Janeiro to represent Team USA in the 2016 Paralympic Games.
Digby will compete in the 200, 400 and is on the 400 relay team. His first event is Sunday when he runs in the prelims for the 200.
“All of the hard work and effort has already been put in, and now it is a long waiting game,” Digby said in an email to the Sentinel-Tribune from Rio.
Digby left for Rio last weekend and participated in the opening ceremonies on Wednesday.
Digby is one of 66 track and field athletes to represent the U.S. at the games. He is ranked second in the world in the 400 with a time of 47.98, and he is fourth in the world in the 200 with a time of 21.99. Both times were ran at the Paralympic trials in Charlotte, North Carolina, in June.
“Mentally I am 100 percent excited for the race,” Digby said. “Opening Ceremonies went great and walking out representing your country to a stadium full of people is absolutely amazing. But I am at the point I just want to get to meet day and run. All of the hard work and effort has already been put in and now it is a long waiting game.
Digby will run the 400 relay final and the 200 final on Monday, with the 400 prelims coming on Wednesday and the finals on Thursday.
Digby is coached by Eastwood assistant track coach DJ Michel.
“DJ and I are feeling very good about how I will run in the races and our main focus is to set a new personal record. if we do that our medal chances are pretty high.”
The Paralympics are being broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network.
Sunday: 200 meter prelims, 7 p.m.
Monday: 400 relay final, 5:30 p.m.
Monday: 200 meter final, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 400 meter prelim, 5:15 p.m.
Thursday: 400 meter final, 10:30 a.m.